FB says a lot of things about security, and it is probably true that unless you choose to share your info then other users will have a hard time
getting it. But what they DON'T tell you is that they use the information for themselves, regardless of your privacy settings. Every time you send
someone a message or comment on their wall, it is being record and sold to companies that create adware which infects your computer. Every time you
play a game, it is sold to those interested in what type of games you like(so they know what type of popups to display). Everytime you fill out one
of their dumb questionairs which get sent to everyone you know, companies are getting this information as well. Then you have the secrets thing,
where you can unlock what someone said about you(many people dont know you can do this), but you have to spend more time on facebook to get enough
coins to do so. FB is as addicting as many drugs out there, and it can cause the same types of problems. It can cause a person to lose their job,
their family and even endanger their health. Men and women get tempted to cheat on their spouses using it, women leave their husbands because they
feel neglected due to a facebook addiction. I've seen people put more into the web site than a full time job. I have seen families break apart
because of it, i've seen people hurt because of it and i've seen people ripped off, not to mention the viruses put on people's PC's due to the adware.
And this is something we want to give to children?
As for parents being parents, yes I agree, in a perfect world that would be a logical choice, but this is far from a perfect world. In a perfect
world parents would identify relatives and friends who molest their children(and yes it usually isn't the stranger across the street if you look at
the statistics). Parents would be more cautious who's house they send their kids to, and whether or not the pastor at church is being too over
friendly or not.
Parents today are too quick to see the perfect babysitter, whether it be an over friendly person or a computer. If parents would be parents, then we
wouldn't have to spend billions of dollars tracking these guys and placing laws that in reality, do not work. Statistics show that most sexual
offenders do not re-offend once they are identified and get treatment, again its usually somebody the parents and/or child knows very well. What we
need to worry about are the offenders that are NOT known, it could be anybody and as paranoid as it seems if you want to protect your kids, then do
what I do, assume ANYBODY can hurt them no matter who it is.
But you see, this isn't going to happen because parents find it to be too much work despite what they say in public. We need to watch our kids, we
need education and awareness programs for the parents and the kids at a young age. We need to know who they are around and when. I'm not talking
about background checks because odds are the person who hurts your child will have never been caught before, i'm talking about knowing what are kids
are doing with them, what they do and talk about, etc. I'm basically talking about being parents, using some common sense and not trusting the
politicians to keep your kids safe because they really don't care. They dump millions into programs that don't work, monitoring offenders and all
this stuff. Hey, here is a plan, if they are a risk to the public, don't put them on a list....put them in JAIL. Most offenders never get any jail
time, they go from sentencing to probation in most cases. Now this is fine for the young guys who made a mistake, but the 50 year old perv needs
something to make him think twice about doing it again if and when he is released.
So there ya go, streets are safer, parents know how to protect their kids and we aren't dumping billions in tax money on what is nothing more than a
false sense of security. Of course it will never happen, people are fools. People elect politicians who pass one stupid and expensive law after
another...most of which get ruled unconstitutional then the offender is set free with no strings attached. Well there is nothing unconstitutional
about putting the real risks in jail at the time of sentencing.
Oh and kids don't belong on facebook, thats like sending your 13 year old to a night club.
The solution is simple as I outlined above, but actually getting people to make it work is near impossible. It would involve a complete 180 turn from
the way we do things now.
Think i'm wrong, try this. Get some family monitoring software, one that runs in the background in secret. It records keys typed, takes screenshots
and records all chat and other activity...which is usually sent directly to your email. Put it on there for a month, and you'll see what your kids
and even spouse is into....you may be surprised, in fact, I know you'll be.
edit on 25-5-2011 by JonStone because: Forgot a line.